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Retain the architectural character of a building by preserving its original outer walls while strategically removing internal walls, columns, and floors.

Façade retention offers a unique opportunity to retain the original character of historic architecture. It is a complex process which requires meticulous attention to detail, close monitoring and extreme precision.

Starting a façade retention project?

Our team of demolition specialists have a wealth of experience in preserving the external structures of a building whilst expertly handling the removal of inside walls, columns and floors. We believe in providing the safest, most practical and cost-effective solution for strategic demolition.

Hughes and Salvidge are longstanding members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), which exemplifies our dedication to quality and assurance. We weave health and safety, along with environmental best practices, seamlessly into the fundamental aspects of our core activities.


"We’re reliable, friendly and trustworthy, providing knowledge and reassurance at all times. We empower our partners to make informed decisions through jargon-free communication. Our friends know that no demolition project is insurmountable for us and we always make the difficult, look easy“

Martyn Burnett, Managing Director at Hughes & Salvidge



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What others had to say about our demolition and façade retention services.


"Very professional and organised with resources available to meet any tasks or problems that arise. Exceptionally user-friendly organisation and would not hesitate to recommend." Project Manager at Ordnance Survey

"They are the best, safest and most technically competent demolition contractors that I have worked with in my 30 years’ experience." Project Manager at Heathrow Airport.

ISO45001 Health and Safety Management Accreditation National Federation of Demolition Contractors Accreditation

ISO9001 Quality Management AccreditationBritish Safety Council Accreditation


We take great pride in our extensive list of certifications and accreditations, earned through rigorous assessments and adherence to industry best practices. These credentials not only showcase our commitment to safety, environmental responsibility, and efficiency but also serve as a testament to our unwavering dedication to executing demolition projects with precision and excellence.


Hughes and Salvidge have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your façade retention project is carried out safely, efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner. All activities undertaken by us will be in accordance with the approved programme of work, phased operations and safe demolition techniques and the activities will be planned and undertaken in line with the Risk Assessments, Method Statements, Project Health and Safety Plan and Environmental Plan. Here are some of the measures we put in place to protect a building’s structural integrity.

Temporary Weather Proofing

The façade retention process often involves leaving parts of a building temporarily exposed. Where needed, we will implement protective measures that will shield its exposed elements from the weather to prevent any potential damage during the construction process. This can involve covering exposed sections with large, weather resistant tarps or erecting temporary roofing structures. Our experts will continuously monitor any weather proofing measures in place to ensure that there are no breaches and quickly repair any that occur. After the construction process is complete, any temporary weatherproofing measures are removed.



Protection from the elements


Securing and supporting structures



Temporary Propping Services

The use of structural support systems are employed during façade retention to ensure the safety and stability of the outer structure. We have a wealth of experience in designing bespoke support systems made of steel that are strategically placed to provide additional support to the retained façade. This stage of the process prevents unintended movement or collapse during construction activity. Throughout the project, the support system will be monitored and adjusted to ensure that it remains effective. Once the project is complete, temporary supports will be carefully removed to allow the permanent structural elements to take over any load-bearing responsibilities.


When alterations are being made to the structure of a building during the façade retention process, underpinning is a technique used to strengthen and support its foundations. This provides additional stability and ensures that the foundation can withstand the altered load distribution resulting from construction activity. An engineer will conduct a thorough assessment of the existing foundation before underpinning is undertaken to determine the most suitable support method. The removal of underpinning depends on which type was applied.



Adding strength and stability



Safety first

Safety is our top priority. We follow rigorous health and safety measures throughout the façade retention process to protect the community, our team and the environment.

Expert team

Our team consists of highly trained experts with years of experience in the demolition industry and we are all committed to delivering exceptional results on every project.

State-of-the-art equipment

Using the latest demolition equipment and techniques, we ensure precise and efficient demolition services, regardless of the project size. Our ongoing investment in the latest technology provides a safer, sustainable and more environmentally friendly service.

Eco-friendly practices

We believe in responsible demolition, which is why we started the Green Hands Initiative. Our eco-friendly practices include recycling, upcycling, and proper disposal of materials, reducing the amount of waste to landfill and minimising the impact on the environment.

Dedicated project management

Our client-facing approach from initial costing through to final project completion ensures first-class communication, client satisfaction and successful project completion on time and within budget.

Industries we specialise in

Residential Regeneration



Oil & Gas


Emergency Response

Local Authority



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